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Mar 20 2017
Improve Access to Health Care to Help Everyone

Access to health care remains a largely discussed topic. Health care costs continue to escalate for employers and deductibles are increasing for families.

Consider the following:
» UNICEF estimates the global need for school sanitation and hygiene education is $7.4 billion.
» Research in Kenya shows worm infections — universally caused by poor sanitation — account for 25 percent of school absenteeism.
» Less than 50 percent of schools in least-developed and low-income countries have adequate water and sanitation facilities.
» Annually, children lose 443 million school days because of water- and sanitationrelated illnesses, including 272 million from diarrhea alone.
» More than 40 percent of diarrhea cases in school children result from transmission at school.
» 663 million people worldwide lack access to safe water.

We take basic items of water and sanitation for granted. Why should we care, and how does this relate to ourselves, our workplaces, our families and our communities?

We should care because these items relate to each of us being called to help others.

One of the many items Jesus Christ taught us is to serve and care for others.

It’s been proven that people who care about our communities typically care about others. Employees working together on community activities promotes teamwork, collaboration and leadership development.

In addition, taking efforts to improve our health reduces absenteeism, lowers health care expenses and increases work productivity. It makes us more engaged at work, more connected with our families and more attached to our communities. Our improved health makes us feel better about ourselves, and if we’re able to help local and national health care issues, we receive a deeper sense of service.

On March 1, Holy Family Memorial was pleased to open its HFM Health and Wellness Center servicing The Chamber of Manitowoc County members. For only $99 annually per person and a $10 pervisit access fee, most employees and dependents of Chamber member organizations can access primary care, urgent care, chronic disease education, physical therapy, wellness coaching and emotional health counseling.

David Yeghiaian is administrative director of corporate development and strategic growth at Holy Family Memorial.


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